Create an industry-developed template Food Control Plan

How to develop your own template Food Control Plan (FCP) for use by multiple businesses, for example for an industry association or franchise. 

What is an industry-developed template FCP?

Organisations, such as an industry body, a restaurant chain, or a franchise, can create their own template food control plans (FCPs) to meet the needs of a particular group of food businesses. The template belongs to the organisation or person who created it, so they control who can use it.

If you develop your own template, you'll need to apply to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to get it approved. Before we can approve it, we'll evaluate your template and consult on it with the public.

Industry-developed template FCPs are also called section 40/s40 templates. 

If you're looking for information on using an existing industry-developed template, check our:

How long approval takes

For a straightforward template, the approval process may take up to 3 months from your initial application. This allows time for us to evaluate the plan effectively, and consult with affected parties.

Using an industry-developed template FCP

Once we've approved an industry-developed template FCP, businesses can use it by registering with MPI.

Who to contact

If you have questions about food control plans, email


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